Alberta MLA Jordan Walker has introduced Bill 209, the Animal Protection (Prevention of Animal Neglect) Amendment Act, 2023, which aims to increase penalties for causing or permitting an animal to be in distress due to abuse or neglect. The proposed amendments include a fine of up to $25,000 for a first offense, a fine of up to $35,000 or imprisonment of up to six months for a second offense, and a fine of up to $50,000 or imprisonment of up to six months for a third or subsequent offense.